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Units 6 & 7 Concept Court, Allendale Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NY

Welcome to NFU Mutual Vale of York agency where we pride ourselves on offering a personal, friendly, local service for business, personal and car insurance as well as pensions, investments and protection.

In our Thirsk office, we work closely with our partner office in York to offer a combined service, providing customers with access to local knowledge, a wealth of experience and a commitment to providing a personal service.

Our team of specialist advisers can assist with:

Commercial insurance – we specialise in the farming, food and drink, hospitality, retail, wholesale and property owner sectors. Our services are tailored to meet your needs with risk management health and safety advice services and financial planning included in our whole-risk approach.

Private client – our HNW range of services are designed specifically for high-value properties and cars. Our specialists can visit you in your home to help you get the right covers for your valued possessions. We also offer products to cover holiday homes and yachts.

Personal insurance – we offer a range of home and lifestyle products including buildings and contents, pet, horse & rider and travel covers. We also offer a range of motor products – including personal car, commercial vehicle, tractor and vintage cars.

Smallholder– as part of our home and lifestyle services we offer specialist covers for smallholdings, including for livestock and public liability.

Financial services – our Financial Adviser can advise you on financial planning including protection, pensions and investments for you, your business and your family.

If you’d like to discuss the challenges faced by your family, firm or farm, we would love to hear from you; pop in to see us or

Call us on 01845 22337 or email us at

Thirsk – Units 6 & 7 Concept Court, Allendale Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NY
York – Agriculture House, 207 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1UD

NFU Mutual

David Palmer

David Palmer BSc (Hons) Dip CII

Senior Partner & NFU Group Secretary

David has over 25 years' experience with NFU Mutual, combine this with managing a 100-acre arable farm just north of Thirsk, he has both the skills and wisdom to advise on all farming and commercial insurance. He can also provide advice on your commercial health and safety requirements. He has a degree in agriculture from Newcastle University and is a member of a local sailing club.

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Jenny Dawson

Jenny Dawson BSc (Hons)

Partner & NFU Group Secretary

After studying Agriculture at Newcastle alongside David Palmer, Jenny joined NFU Mutual straight from university. Now a farmer’s wife, she lives and farms near Crayke with her husband’s family. She is an expert on farming and rural insurance. With a passion for both horses and donkeys, Jenny likes to support local sanctuaries. She is a member of the local tennis club and loves a game in her spare time.

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Matthew Cliff BCS (Hons) Cert CII

Partner & NFU Group Secretary

After gaining his degree in geography and geology from University of Liverpool, Matthew moved into the insurance world. Now with over 14 years’ experience under his belt he has progressed through the ranks to be agent in the Vale of York. He can help with both our farming and non-farming corporate clients. Matt is a keen triathlete and enjoys watching rugby and walking the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

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Elliot Readman

Account Executive

Elliot joined the agency in the summer of 2018 with knowledge of commercial insurance from his family background in property. He can advise on commercial policies, but also motor and covers. He enjoys winter sports including snowboarding and skiing.

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Clare Jones

Clare Jones

Business Development

Clare deals with all aspects of financial services in the agency; from your pensions admin to arranging a quote for mortgage protection and life insurance. Clare worked in the regional service centre for 8 years prior to joining the agency. She has worked closely with local affinities as well as being heavily involved in NFU Mutual's presence at local agricultural shows and the Great Yorkshire Show. You will see her at local events supported by the Vale of York Agency.

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Rosie Gatenby

Renewal and Account Executive

Rosie has grown up farming. From livestock to arable farming Rosie has the experience and knowledge to assist the agents here with the renewals of our loyal customers. Always ensuring we have all of your needs protected.

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Colette Grace Ward

Insurance Adviser

With 15 years’ experience in the Vale of York Agency, Colette is an expert in all matters of personal and motor insurance. Moving from rural Ireland over 30 years ago, she now lives in Thirsk. She enjoys travelling, reading and being in the great outdoors with her two jack russells, Milo and Gracie.

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Emma Sidgwick (BSc Hons)

Insurance Adviser

Living and growing up on a farm Emma fully understands our customer’s needs. Gaining a BSc Hons degree in Equine Science from Bishop Burton College and being a keen rider places her perfectly to explore all your equine needs. She rides regularly and loves to take her horse Dolly eventing.

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Kellie Harvey

Insurance and Claims Adviser

Kellie predominantly deals with the property and commercial claims in the agency but can also assist with your policy admin.  Living in a small village just outside of Thirsk all of her life, Kellie has a great insight into the rural and agricultural surroundings. She enjoys long walks across the North Yorkshire countryside, loves all animals and fine wine!

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Jen Midgley BSc (Hons)

Insurance and Claims Adviser

After completing her degree at Leeds Met, Jen worked on the family farm (pig and arable) until she started her role at NFU Mutual in 2012. Her personal experience in farming and knowledge of the local area make her well established to advise on both farming and commercial policies. Jen can also assist you in the unfortunate event of a claim. She is a sporty person and in her free time loves to play hockey and tennis.

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Alison Thompson

Insurance Adviser and Account Handler

Alison is a farmer’s daughter who grew up on a local livestock farm and attended Bishop Burton College. Coupling this with over 20 years’ experience at NFU Mutual Vale of York means Alison is perfectly placed to help our customers with all aspects of their insurance. Alison has strong family ties in the equine world, both racing and show jumping and even represented GB at the Junior European show jumping championships as a teenager.

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Mike Addison Dip PFS

Financial Adviser

With over 20 years’ experience in financial services, Mike joined the Vale of York agency in 2016. He can provide expert financial advice on insurance, pensions and investments. He lives in North Yorkshire with his wife and has three children. He loves going to watch live music and assists at the local theatre production company.

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